The east entrance of the Upper Kenai River Trail is photographed on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

The east entrance of the Upper Kenai River Trail is photographed on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Trails, campgrounds and cabins reopen as Swan Lake Fire dies down

As fire crews wrap up their containment efforts for the Swan Lake Fire, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Chugach National Forest have reopened several trails, cabins and campgrounds for public use. On July 31, the Chugach National Forest lifted the emergency closure for Resurrection Trail, and all cabins along the trail except the Swan Lake cabin on West Swan Lake are available for rent.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has reopened the Skyline and Fuller Lakes Trails as of Aug. 1 after closing them for public safety and fire operations last month. Recreational visitors are encouraged to use caution when accessing these trails, especially in upper elevations where the Swan Lake Fire remains active. The Watson Lake, Peterson Lake, and Kelly Lake Campgrounds have reopened as of July 31.

Mystery Creek Road and the Trapper Joe and Big Indian public use cabins remain closed to all public access. These closures will remain in effect until Aug. 31 unless rescinded earlier or extended for cause. For more information about the fire, call 208-391-3488.

For more information about the Refuge, contact the Visitor Center at 907-260-2820.

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